EricM's Drift Rig

Discussion in 'Misc Fishing Tackle Talk' started by EricM, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. EricM

    EricM Active Member

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    I have had quite a number of requests asking me how I rig for controlled drift fishing.
    Let me first explain that the waters I usually fish are open waters on a large impoundment of the Tennessee River, so heavy logjams, etc., are not much of a factor. There is a fair current in the area, but because of the presence of an underwater hump there is a large eddy and 2 or 3 ounces of weight will usually be enough to stay in contact with the bottom.

    I like to use a leader and “step down” line sizes so that when I hang up and break off, just the weakest part of my rig will have to be replaced. I pre-tie my leaders, sinker droppers, and snelled hooks so that they are ready to change in a moment. I use snap swivels for the same reason. There are no knots to tie on the water
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    My main line is usually 30 pound test or better. . Because I use a leader, I tie a size 5 snap swivel to the end of the main line. The leader is a 2 to 4 foot length of 25 pound test with a surgeon’s loop (double overhand knot) tied on the end. It is then threaded through a snap swivel and a bead (for cushioning). The end is then tied to another snap swivel to attach the snelled hook. The sliding snap is to attach the sinker and dropper. This leader assembly is coiled into about a 3 inch coil and 2 small pieces of scotch tape are wrapped around opposite sides of the coil to keep it from unraveling until you need it. The tape pops right off when you pull the coiled line straight. Remember, the leader should be 5 to 10 pound test lighter than the main line so that it breaks if wrapped around a stump.

    The sinker dropper is another 5 to 10 pound test lighter than the leader, again so that it fails first when it hangs up. I tie these in 12 inch lengths with a loop on each end. One end connects to the snap swivel and the other end passes through the eye of the sinker, then drop the sinker through the loop on that end. No knots! These droppers I just put into a zip-lock bag. If you trim the ends of the line close to the knot when you tie them, they won’t tangle in the bag badly.

    All hooks are snelled in advance with about an 8 inch snell with a surgeon’s loop on the end. Again, I like this line to be 5 pound test lighter than the leader so if I hang up I don’t lose the whole rig. I personally like 8/0 circle hooks for big cats, but tie a number of different sizes and types of hooks for different situations. For live bait, I prefer a kahle hook and size it according to the bait.

    This is a relatively tangle-free rig, and holds the bait slightly off of the bottom. By adjusting weight/hook size, I can use this rig for almost all of my live or dead bait fishing, from deep blue cats to suspended white bass, and for using live shad or minnows for bass or even worms for bluegill. The fact that the sinker/dropper slides along the line lets even light-biting fish take the bait without feeling the weight.

    I hope this helps improve your fishing! Good Luck!!!
     

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  2. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Very nice drift rig.
     

  3. fish

    fish Active Member

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    Thanks Eric, I like your rig and am going to give it a try. There aren't many hangups at Nickajack and your rig should work great there. Thanks for taking the time to show us how a professional does it.
     
  4. krowbar

    krowbar New Member

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    interesting rig. sounds a little complicated. sounds like it will work pretty good though.
     
  5. justwannano

    justwannano Active Member

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    So Eric can you post a pix of that rig?
    have a good one
    just
     
  6. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    Great post Eric, you got reps coming
     
  7. dust777man

    dust777man New Member

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    Thanks for the info on the drift rig. Might give it a try.
     
  8. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    DH when ole bryan gets back have him put this in the library.
     
  9. Plowboy411

    Plowboy411 New Member

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    that is some good information.thank you.
     
  10. kmcalester

    kmcalester New Member

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    This looks like it should work wonders.
     
  11. catfishbills

    catfishbills New Member

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    Thx for the info Eric! I use a "similar" set-up, even for anchor style fishing! I use the sinker slides and add a length of leader if I want to suspend the bait some. I dont currently use snap swivels, but pre-tie all my rigs so changing them out is quick.
     
  12. kmcalester

    kmcalester New Member

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    What are reps; I hope I am not the only one that doesn't know this?
     
  13. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks Eric for sharing your Drift Rig. Looks good. Will give it a try.
     
  14. Don Wessling

    Don Wessling New Member

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    That is very similar to the rig I use. Works good.